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Old 08-09-2009, 04:02 PM
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Using SD for beta testing

I am trying out SD as a way to help me out during beta testing software, with the idea being that I could have a working copy and a 'clean' backup to go to without the beta apps.

What is the best way to use SD for testing other applications? Should I use the Sandbox - shared users and apps selection (which seems to defeat the purpose), or just the Sandbox with shared users? Will the 2nd option allow me to install applications independently on each 'drive'? And if this is the right way to go, does that mean I have to boot into the sandbox, or can I use applications from there without affecting my main boot drive? In this case, I would presume you could avoid rebooting, and just launch the apps from the sandbox, effectively behaving like you have two installs.

The reason I ask is that I sometimes give live web demos and don't want to accidentally launch the beta version of some production application. I've also considered creating a separate boot partition so I have a completely clean environment, but that has its own challenges (most of which have to do with me being somewhat lazy).

Any insight would be very much appreciated!
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Old 08-09-2009, 06:55 PM
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Well, in general, Sandbox - Shared Users provides the most isolation. But remember that things in your Home folder are going to get changed. So if there's data stored there (etc), and that shouldn't be touched, it's not something that you should do.

But what you can do is share your users and then create a guest user, and install/use that user... but you always have to boot into the Sandbox to be isolated.
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Old 08-09-2009, 08:05 PM
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So the preferred method in this case, just I'm clear, would be to do my testing under a guest (tester) account booted into the Sandbox...

Should I create the tester account before the Sandbox/Shared Users? If so, what exactly gets copied to the Sandbox?

Sorry for being obtuse
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If you want to ensure that your user account data isn't modified, yes. Don't have to create the test account - the point is that it'll be only on the sandbox if you create it after you boot to the sandbox.
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Old 08-24-2009, 10:25 PM
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Sorry I've not followed up... I'm going to try setting this up in a day or so, and will report back. I know it's annoying when people do 'drive-by' posting and just disappear after getting a question answered

Thanks - I'll let you know how it goes.
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Old 08-24-2009, 11:19 PM
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I know it's annoying when people do 'drive-by' posting and just disappear after getting a question answered
More annoying (to me) are the drive-by posters asking questions that make it apparent (or seemingly so) they haven't done any searching for answers first. You know where they are on the self-help version of the Tech Support Cheat Sheet.
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